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Night Owls Can “Retrain” Their Body Clocks to Improve Mental Well-Being and Performance

bp Magazine
August 19, 2019

A simple tweak to the sleeping patterns of “night owls”—people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits—could lead to significant improvements in sleep/wake timings, improved performance in the mornings, better eating habits, and a decrease in depression and stress. June 10, 2019, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK—New international research by the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey in...

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Mission Impossible: 6 Tips To Help You Sleep While Manic

Brooke Baron
July 30, 2019

Sleep: it’s so important for mood management, but (hypo)manic energy often makes it feel like a waste of time. To make sure you get your mandated shut-eye, harness that manic energy into healthy behaviors that promote sleep. Sweet dreams! We hear it from our therapists like a broken record: Regular, adequate sleep is of utmost...

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The Science On Sleep: Why Not All Sleep Is Created Equal

Milly Dawson, MS, MPH
July 12, 2019

Sleeping less than seven hours may not be the best because you miss out on hitting your ‘power sleep’ stride––where a restorative type of sleep called rapid eye movement thrives. Sleep involves several distinct stages with special functions at work. Slow wave sleep (meaning our brain waves are slow) is a time for tissue growth...

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A Sleep Researcher’s 4 Golden Rules For Good Sleep

James B. Maas, PhD
July 12, 2019

As difficult as getting a good night’s sleep is for most people, those who have bipolar disorder know all too well the significant health costs of poor sleep. So James B. Maas, PhD, a leading sleep researcher, shares his golden rules for getting good sleep. #1 Know what you need Determine your need for sleep...

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9 Ways to Reset Your Body Clock For Better Sleep

Donna Jackel
July 8, 2019

With patience and discipline, it’s possible to adjust your sleep schedule to meet the demands of the workaday world. Some advice from sleep experts: #1 Be consistent It’s extremely important to wake up and go to bed at the same time, even on the weekend. If you’re naturally a night owl, try moving your bedtime...

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Notes For Night Owls: 3 Tips To Help You Work Around Insomnia

Donna Jackel
July 8, 2019

Jack Register, a clinical social worker and executive director of NAMI North Carolina, offers these tips for dealing with insomnia from his professional and personal experience: #1 Fact-finding mission Start with a sleep journal, he advises. “Rate what your sleep is like. What you did before you got in bed. Did you wake up during...

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Ask The Doctor: Why Sleep Is Essential For Bipolar Stability

Melvin G McInnis, MD, FRCPsych
June 28, 2019

Without restorative sleep, life is tough for anyone. Managing sleep is the absolute number-one priority in the ongoing maintenance of bipolar disorder. Most of us find stability in the predictable patterns of our daily lives. We begin our work, our studies, or our household tasks according to a routine: the children want breakfast, the dog...

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9 Fundamental Features Of Bipolar Stability

Valerie Harvey
June 7, 2019

Maintaining stability is just as difficult as achieving stability. But that doesn’t mean you should live in fear of “the inevitable next episode.” It can be extremely difficult to achieve stability when you have bipolar. All people, bipolar or not, have bad days sometimes. If you are afflicted with this illness, an off day can...

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Saving Your Mood when Switching to Daylight Saving Time

Melvin G McInnis, MD, FRCPsych
April 5, 2019

Adapting to time changes—traveling across time zones, or Daylight Saving Time (DST)—can be challenging with bipolar. Here’s how to adjust to the change: Ben Franklin first mentioned what we now call Daylight Saving Time in a 1784 essay, somewhat satirically proposing an idea to conserve candles in the early morning hours. While DST has been...

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Walk Your Way to a Better Mood

Christine Yu
April 5, 2019

Walking can help you balance bipolar moods, relieve stress, sleep better, and feel less lonely. Find out how to take the first steps. It was by accident that Marian figured out walking could be more than just a mode of transportation or exercise. Years ago, she was going through a bad depressive episode after moving...

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Decreased Deep Sleep Linked to Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

bp Magazine
March 18, 2019

Older people who have less slow-wave sleep have higher levels of the brain protein tau. Elevated tau is a sign of Alzheimer’s disease and has been linked to brain damage and cognitive decline. January 9, 2019, St. Louis, MO—Poor sleep is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. People with the disease tend to wake up tired,...

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When Inconsistency Becomes a Way of Life

bp Magazine
March 12, 2019

When a spouse or partner has bipolar disorder, we may need to accept that life will be unpredictable, and then find ways to adapt. Adjusting to new realities A loved one’s diagnosis will affect the entire household. All family members will need to adjust to this new normal, a life likely full of inconsistency. Living...

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The Rhythm of Life: Getting in Tune with Your Circadian Cycle

Carol Borrelli
March 1, 2019

Rhythms comfort us with their soothing predictability, and our natural circadian rhythm can help bring restorative sleep and a sense of order to our lives. To everything, there is a season, and a corresponding rhythm. I guess it is the musician in me, but I can’t help but observe that, just as there is timing,...

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Managing and Understanding Changes in Sleep

Laura Fisher
February 15, 2019

Changing sleep patterns can be an early indicator that bipolar symptoms are returning. Monitoring and addressing these patterns can help reduce your symptoms. Lying awake in my bed at night with my head spinning out of control is something I used to think was just common for me. I had labeled myself a person who...

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How We Use Music as a Possible Sleep Aid

bp Magazine
January 15, 2019

Respondents believe music stimulates sleep, blocks internal, external sleep disruptors   November 14, 2018—Many individuals use music in the hope that it fights sleep difficulties, according to a study published November 14 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Tabitha Trahan of the University of Sheffield, UK, and colleagues. As described by the authors, this...

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Lack of Sleep Intensifies Anger, Impairs Adaptation to Frustrating Circumstances

bp Magazine
November 30, 2018

A new study is the first to provide evidence that not getting enough sleep can make anger stronger and more pronounced in frustrating situations.   November 27, 2018, AMES, Iowa – Losing just a couple hours of sleep at night makes you angrier, especially in frustrating situations, according to new Iowa State University research. While...

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10 Habits of Highly Successful People with Bipolar Disorder

bp Magazine
November 20, 2018

People who are successfully treating and living with their bipolar realize there’s no one-size-fits-all plan when it comes to behavioral, emotional, and psychological protocols. Here are ten habits of what has worked for them: #1 They’ve created their own treatment plan Through trial and error, these folks have created a personalized treatment plan that works...

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Night Eating with Bipolar Leads to More Anxiety and Worse Sleep

bp Magazine
November 15, 2018

Eating excessively at night can lead to heightened anxiety and can interfere with healthy sleep, new research shows   August 1, 2018, FORTALEZA, Italy—People with bipolar disorder who also have night eating syndrome have more disorder-related problems, a new study says. Brazilian researchers found that people with bipolar were more likely than people without the...

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Life in Alaska is Like Living in a ‘Bipolar Land’—It Feeds My Moods with Two Extreme Seasons of Light & Dark

Carin Meyer
November 2, 2018

The changing of the seasons and Daylight Saving Time can cause sudden mood shifts and instability, but there are tried-and-true methods to stay stable.   In my mind, Alaska is a “bipolar” land, with its two extreme seasons marked first by an intensity of light during the long days of summer followed by long months...

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Feeling Hopeless? 5 Unexpected Positives of Managing Bipolar

Julie A. Fast
November 1, 2018

While managing bipolar may often feel like a hopeless struggle, there are major  positives in store for you if you stay persistent.   It’s the nature of self help to write about how we can fix what is wrong in our lives. Sometimes, we forget that people want to hear about the positives as well!...

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